Florida Yards & Neighborhoods

The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program was developed to address serious problems of pollution and disappearing habitats by enlisting homeowners in the battle to save our waterways. The program provides special educational and outreach activities in the Community to help residents reduce pollution and enhance their environment by improving home and landscape management.

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods is a partnership of concerned citizens, members of the landscape industry, the University of Florida's Cooperative Extension Service, the National Estuary Programs, Florida Sea Grant College Program and numerous environmental agencies.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and local governments also support the program.

Our yards and neighborhoods are pathways to our waterways. The decisions we make--from developing a home site to improving and maintaining our property--will determine the future of our treasured water resources. 

Florida-friendly landscaping emphasizes nine major principles. Click on the principles below to learn more.